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Education for all: Bridging the knowledge gap in Myanmar A report by Jo Chandler for ChildFund Australia May 2017

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About the Author Jo Chandler

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Jo Chandler is an award-winning Australian journalist, author and editor, as well as an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University’s Contemporary Histories Research Group. She has filed news and features from assignments across sub-Saharan Africa, Papua New Guinea, rural and remote Australia, Antarctica and Afghanistan. Jo has earned distinction as an essayist, profile writer and narrative journalist, and is recognised for her work across a range of specialty areas: science; the environment; health; human rights; women’s and children’s issues; aid and development. In addition to a Walkley Award, Australia’s most prestigious journalism prize, Jo has received a range of other accolades for her work as an investigative journalist, including the Melbourne Press Club Quill for Best Feature, the George Munster Prize for Independent Journalism, the University of New South Wales Bragg Prize for Science Journalism, the Australian Council for International Development Media Prize, and the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award.

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About ChildFund Australia ChildFund Australia is an independent and non-religious international development organisation that works to reduce poverty for children in the developing world. ChildFund works in partnership with children and their communities to create lasting change by supporting long-term community development, responding to humanitarian emergencies and promoting children’s rights. ChildFund Australia’s aspiration is for every child to be able to say: “I am safe. I am educated. I am heard. I have a future.” ChildFund Australia implements programs with a range of local partners in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam, and manages projects delivered by partner organisations throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas. ChildFund's work is funded through child and community sponsorship, government grants as well as donations from individuals, trusts, foundations, and corporate organisations. ChildFund Australia is a member of the ChildFund Alliance – a global network of 11 organisations which assists more than 14 million children and families in 63 countries. ChildFund Australia is a registered charity, a member of the Australian Council for International Development, and fully accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which manages the Australian Government’s overseas aid program. © ChildFund Australia, May 2017

A history of learning and education...........................................05 The challenges to providing universal education.....................07 Poverty: a major obstacle to school access...............................................07 Retention: the need for quality learning................................................... 11

A national strategy for education reform ..................................13 Unlocking the potential of Myanmar’s youth............................ 17 References.....................................................................................................23

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Education for all: Bridging the knowledge gap in Myanmar

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Nigel Spence CEO, ChildFund Australia

Executive Summary Myanmar is undergoing unprecedented and rapid change. For half a century it was hidden from the world by a closed military regime. Suddenly, it was thrust into international consciousness by the winds of political change and, in 2008, by the d